After a strong start to the season, a 10-0 victory over Milford, the Sussex Central Golden Knights suffered their first loss of the season to Salesianum on Saturday afternoon.

Entering Saturday’s contest the Golden Knights had yet to give up a run, but that changed early on in their match up against Salesianum. Sallies came into the game 0-2 after a tough 5-4 loss to championship runner up last season Caravel and a 5-1 loss to Pennsylvania school Malvern Prep and were ready to take their aggression out on the Golden Knights.

After pitching two scoreless innings in the opener against Milford, Dustin Reynolds was roughed up by Sallies for six first-inning runs including a Daniel Garner inside-the-park homerun.

Junior Brody Grove was brought in to pitch the second and unfortunately fared no better giving up another four runs in bottom half of the second inning and Salesianum led 10-0.

After giving up another Salesianum run in the third, Sussex Central finally found some offense scoring two runs in the top-half of the fourth inning thanks to a Brent Hansen triple.

Salesianum exploded for another big inning in the bottom half of the fourth scoring seven runs this time around. After going scoreless in the top half of the fifth the 10-run mercy rule was put into effect ending the ball-game.

When all was said and done, the Salesianum offense busted out 18 runs on 11 hits. Meanwhile, Salesianum starting pitcher Matt Shackleford pitched a complete game giving up two runs on just five hits.

Now, the Golden Knights have to respond with a quick turnaround and some important games ahead. Over the next week and a half Sussex Central will take on four straight conference opponents, Cape Henlopen (2-3), Smyrna (3-0), Woodbridge (0-3), and Caesar Rodney (2-2).

During the stretch of conference games the Golden Knights will look to take advantage of home field advantage in three of the four games. After taking on Woodbridge on Friday the Golden Knights embark on six straight road games.

The Golden Knights look to get back in the win column Thursday when they host Smyrna, first pitch scheduled for 4:15 p.m.